Taking the lead in the race to Electric Vehicle paradise
by Martyn Lowder
What's Going On Here?
Sixteen of the UK's largest van fleet operators have pledged to go tailpipe emission free by 2028, jump-starting the clean-up of the 4 million diesel vans on our roads.
How Do We Get To 'Electric Avenue'?
Global Action Plan have teamed up with some of the UK’s largest van fleet operators such as ENGIE, Tesco, Network Rail and United Utilities to join the Clean Van Commitment.
By 2020, these fleets alone will put more electric vans on the road than have been purchased by the whole UK industry in the last year! 2,400 in total.
“This collective statement sends a signal to policy makers and manufacturers that the demand for zero tailpipe emission vans is real, whilst in turn, significantly improving the air we breathe.” - Bex Bolland, Global Action Plan
Why Do We Need Cleaner Vans?
Vans are the fastest-growing vehicle on our roads, covering a whopping 75.5 billion km a year. 96% of these vans are diesel-fuelled, making them a major source of air pollution, with some pretty worrying long-term health affects to boot!
Moving away from fossil fuels is a must to improve air quality but also to tackle climate change. However, we know that zero tailpipe emission vehicles like EVs also have their downsides, such as the environmental and health impact of nickel mining. Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
We know how tempting it can be to go buying mad when ordering from Amazon. So, next time you are ordering that Game of Thrones box-set or pair of Nikes, remember to get them delivered at the same time and condense those multiple van deliveries into just one!
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